Romano-British Empire Carausius Antoninianus Spes Hope of the Public

Ancient Coins - Romano-British Empire Carausius Antoninianus Spes Hope of the Public
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Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
 
RA73259. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 1010, Webb Carausius 2235, Cohen VII 339, King Unmarked -, SRCV IV -, Hunter IV -, aVF, centered on a broad flan, green patina with red earthen deposits, legends weak, 3.311g, 24.9mm, 225o, unmarked (Londinium?) mint, IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes walking left, flower in right hand, lifting skirt with left hand, no mintmarks; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection
 
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art, Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named `ultima dea` - for Hope is the last resort of men. This coin advertises Carausius as the source of hope for the people.
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